Schizophrenia Awareness Week: 23 to 29 May 2021
Schizophrenia is a mental illness that alters a person’s perception of reality and disturbs thoughts, emotions and behaviour. It is highly misunderstood and stigmatised, yet it is a common illness. About 1 in 100 Australians have schizophrenia (Healthdirect Australia, 2020). Based on current population statistics for Baulkham Hills-Hawkesbury, an estimated 2,277 people in our community are affected by this illness. It’s likely that you know a friend, neighbour or colleague living with schizophrenia.